16 June 2014 Beauty and the beach However you judge when summer has started (1st June for the meteorological season or the 21st June for the astronomical) it's that time of year when lots of us head to the coast. A time to relax, unwind, unplug and switch off. Tenby's North Beach, Pembrokeshire by Simon.Matthews With a variety of coastal views and a path to view it from, Wales has something for everyone. Award winning, world beating, fall in love with beaches. Varying from easy access ones to small hideaways to those where you can watch your dog run away for miles. Sounds good? Well apart from the dog but you can catch up with him at the dog-friendly local. Grab your beach-ball, bucket and spade and head for our shores. If you have little ones in tow head to one of our toddler friendly beaches. Beaches that are easy to access and have the most important facilities to hand - toilets and ice-cream. If you or they need entertaining, give a coastal activity a go. Surfing, windsurfing and coasteering to name a few. Or a stroll along a section of the coast path or use up their energy in the sand dunes. Merthyr Mawr has the 2nd highest dune in Europe and is used by the Welsh rugby team. Merthyr Mawr, Glamorgan Heritage Coast by allyhook When the calls of 'I'm hungry' come again, finish off the day with the smoky smell of local meat, fish or veg on a beach barbecue. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items School's out for summer Whatever the age. Active or relaxing. Enjoy all Wales has to offer this summer Toddler friendly beaches Children love beaches, so here are 10 that are both easy to enjoy, and easy to reach. Boredom banished Bored kids? We can turn ‘bored stiff’ into ‘thrilled to bits’ in ten easy steps. Here’s how. 10 brilliant picnic spots Fantastic places for an alfresco feast in Wales, as chosen by fans of our Facebook page. 10 beaches for the kids Anyone who likes rockpooling, paddling and scoffing ice cream will love these safe, sandy beaches. August bank holiday ideas Ten great family bank holiday activities to suit all ages and interests.